As you all know, Lucas has been living with Type diabetes for the past couple of years. I am happy to say he is doing great and managing it with a positive attitude. He recently went on the pump and he consequently saves himself 8-12 shots in the course of a couple of day by using it. It has given him much more independence at school as he does not need to leave the classroom many times a day for insulin injections and blood sugar checks. It allows him freedom to go on field trips without his parents and to be at a friend's house all day.
While the pump is a great invention, it does not alleviate the need for him to constantly count his carbohydrates and then give himself insulin based on ratios we manually determine using historical blood sugar trends, analysis of the types of food he is eating as well as expected physical activity. It is only a tool to deliver insulin and track data.
JDRF is a great organization that we support. They provide significant funds to research a cure for diabetes as well as a "bionic" pancreas. The "bionic" or artificial pancreas is a pump that can actually read blood sugar real time every 5 seconds without finger pricks and predict how much insulin to dose, The pump works like a pancreas and performs these functions automatically- which means no manual carb counting, finger sticks, or adjustments for exercise.and food types. Our hope is that this tool will be available by the time Lucas leaves for college. Your support of our fundraising efforts will help fund this tool and then John and I will be able to worry about typical college things and not his diabetes.
Please see our team page and poem that John has written for Lucas.
Christine, John and Lucas
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Troy, Elizabeth & Max Huliba